NASA will show coverage of the second unmanned flight test of the Boeing Starliner space taxi later this week.
The Starliner capsule will launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, July 30 at 2:53 pm EDT.
The event will be broadcast on NASA’s NASA TV live streaming channel, which can be found on YouTube and on the space agency’s website.
NASA TV will also broadcast a pre-launch press conference at 1 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 27.
Starliner, developed by the private aerospace company Boeing, is a crew capsule designed to transport astronauts and cargo to and from the ISS. The capsule is also known as the CST-100.
On Friday, Starliner will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Approximately 31 minutes after launch, it will reach its preliminary orbit, and around 3 p.m. the next day it is scheduled to dock with the ISS. The launch and docking will be shown on NASA television.
Boeing has only put the capsule into orbit once so far, in December 2019.
The mission crew aimed to send the capsule to the space station, but a timing error meant that the capsule did not reach the orbit required for an ISS encounter and returned to Earth without meeting its primary objective.
For this second attempt, dubbed OFT-2, the Starliner capsule tried again to connect with the space station, while carrying more than 400 pounds of cargo and supplies for the NASA crew.
It will then return to Earth with even more weight, including the nitrogen tanks that the ISS crew had been using.
ULA said the OFT-2 mission is “the last big step” before Starliner can begin bringing astronauts to the ISS as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Starliner is a space capsule designed to transport up to seven astronauts at a time to low Earth orbit, although for the ISS mission it will carry four astronauts plus some cargo.
It measures 16.5 feet (feet) tall when the crew compartment and service compartment are included, and measures 15 feet in diameter.
Each capsule can be used up to 10 times with a response time of six months between launches.They are designed for a land return to Earth rather than a water landing. This is a short summary.